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Can a Table Make a Difference?

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Posted by Stacey Crosson on

With all the stress and anxiety in the world, my husband Jeff and I have been asking ourselves how we can promote hope in our neighborhood and community.  Jeff and I were both raised in communities which had dedicated spaces where people could gather and talk about current events, listen to ...

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Tags: conversation, grace, hope, love, mission, table, talk

GOD ON THE MOVE Through My Friends

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The wind blows wherever it wants to. You hear it, but you don’t know where it is coming from or where it is going. It is the same with everyone who is born from the Spirit.—John 3:8 A few weeks ago, Stacey Crosson (our Minister of Care and Outreach) asked me to consider speaking at ...

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A Mother's Prayer

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Enjoying an afternoon break from the relentless August heat, my mother-in-law, daughter, son, and I were having a snack at our kitchen table when my husband, Josh, called. Josh had been in Tanzania for work for almost 3 weeks, and he had another 2 weeks to go. In addition to the stress of ...

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Tags: care, family, love, prayer, rest, support

God on the Move in My Family

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Posted by Liz Murphy on

     In her final  session at the PoP  Women’s Retreat in February, "A Holy Longing:  Stories of a God Who Satisfies” leader Melinda  DeWann, suggested that we rejoice in our neediness.  One of the Bible verses she cited was Phillipians ...

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Tags: bible study, courage, family, praying, retreat, sharing, unmasked

From Dust to Easter Dawn

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Posted by Jennifer Gross on

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in ...

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Tags: death, easter, grace, hope, joy, love, new life, transformation

Being and Doing

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Posted by Thomas Winterstein on

Our world never stops. As we walk through our lives, we often amiably subscribe to the philosophy of “we work hard, we play hard.” But what does that really mean? Do we sacrifice our well-being for the sake of our society’s call for activity and action? If we are honest, the ...

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Tags: life work balance, living slow, missional, nothern virginia, peace

Listen? Listen!

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Posted by Carol Schmidt on

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an ...

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Tags: god's voice, holy spirit, listen, obedience

Is there Hope for Haiti

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Posted by John Durkin on

Picture this: you’re riding in a van in bumper-to-bumper traffic on dirt road full of potholes and garbage. On each side, you see motorcycles, trucks, and vans stacked with people. The people are so close you can hear them brushing up against your vehicle. The sides of the road are teeming ...

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Tags: hope, love in action, mission, service, village of hope

Angel in the Storm

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Posted by John Schmidt on

Maybe I'm an angel­—or maybe one was riding on my shoulders. In the late 1960's, while attending college at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI, I drove school bus for the Mt Pleasant Public Schools to cover my student expenses. My run from Rosebush, MI, back to Mt. ...

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Rooted and Established in Love

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Posted by Jennifer Gross on

My childhood pastor died a few months ago. I hadn’t thought of him much recently, except in    passing, when my mother would say, “I guess Norm Huff isn’t doing so well.” I would joke, “boy, when he passes away, it will be the biggest funeral Tyrone has ...

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